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Amare Stoudemire would have stayed in Phoenix with a max deal

Jul 17, 2010, 11:10 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for stoudemire_dunk.jpgHere’s the bottom line question: Do you think Amare Stoudemire is a max player?

New York did — they knew they needed to pay to get someone to start rebuilding around, someone who they could market. Stoudemire was that guy (if not the first choice, or second, or…).

Phoenix did not. But if they had offered a five-year guaranteed max deal, Stoudemire would have stayed, he told Chris Tomasson at FanHouse.

“Definitely. If they had done that, I would have stayed,” Stoudemire said in an interview Saturday with FanHouse at the NBA Summer League. “They only gave me three years guaranteed.”

The last two years of the deal in Phoenix would have been contingent on minutes played and other benchmarks.

It’s a difference of situations. Phoenix realizes that Steve Nash has maybe three years left at his current level in the league. At that point, they’d like options. It’s hard to predict how they will want to rebuild at that time.

The Knicks needed to go big. They needed a star, and they got one. If they had to take some risk on the last couple years of the deal to change the momentum of the franchise, that is a reasonable risk. Amare was a guy who fit Mike D’Antoni’s system perfectly, so this is a good risk.

Not one the Suns would take.

  1. mac - Jul 18, 2010 at 7:11 AM

    But it’s not about the money, right Amare? As you said, anyone who thought it was about the money was retarded…riiiight.

  2. Tony - Jul 18, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    Amare wanted to go to Miami but they wouldn’t take him, they wanted Bosh instead. Amare is a good player but not a max player. N Y as usual over paid. See how well he does without Steve Nash.

  3. Dave - Jul 18, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    Amare isn’t worth the max deal. Only one team in the league would pay him that, and that is where he went. No one else will go there. NY will still only win 30-40 games next two years.

  4. mac - Jul 18, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    People say that Bosh is overrated but to me Amare is the single most overrated PF in the game. Yes, sometimes when he is really motivated he can shine for a strech of games but he still doesn’t play any D, doesn’t rebound and settles for mid range shots all too much. How is this a major upgrade over Lee? (who was playing great last year)Damn, Utah got Al Jefferson (who is one of the best post players in the entire league) for nothing basically and the Knicks just gave a max contract to this guy..

  5. hnirobert - Jul 18, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Amar’e’s all about da dolla billz, y’all. Gotta get paid. Only reason he went to NY is because they were the only ones stupid enough to give him one.

  6. Mike - Jul 18, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Amare should had stay with nash and the team. Now he had gone to the Knicks where no one care. But we are know is all about the $$$ and Amare is not worth the max deal…..stay with the sun may earn him the ring but now Amare won’t see for long long time.

  7. ocgunslinger - Jul 18, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    He is unquestionably NOT worth the max deal. Forget anything they say because since it is all about money of course he went to the $$$$$$. Surely no body is surprised are they????

  8. Mike - Jul 20, 2010 at 2:42 AM

    Lmaooo I hate when idiots like you say stuff like that. He diddnt have Nash his first two years in the league. His second year he averaged 21 pts 9 boards 1.2 steals and 2 blocks. So be quiet

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